Apple Watch Series 4 units stuck in reboot loops due to daylight saving time bug

Apple Watch Series 4 units stuck in reboot loops due to daylight saving time bug
An unexpected issue with the new Infograph faces on the Apple Watch Series 4 has left some units in Australia stuck in a state of limbo. Apparently, Series 4 owners in Australia, where the daylight saving time change just took place, have got their brand new smartwatches stuck in a seemingly endless reboot loop.

The bug seems to stem from the new Activity complication on the Infograph Modular face on the Apple Watch Series 4, which is apparently not able to draw a timeline graph of the current day with one of the hours missing. This causes the device to crash and reboot.

As reported by 9to5Mac, as long as the Infograph Modular face is active with the Activity complication, the Watch reboots. This turns into an endless loop, since every time the device boots up, the Infograph watch face tries to load the problematic complication. Fortunately, however, some people have managed to solve the issue by removing the watch face through the Apple Watch iPhone companion app. If the face isn't changed, the Watch will continue to crash and reboot until it runs out of power.

The issue is expected to resolve itself tomorrow, when the date changes and the Watch returns functioning normally. Apple hasn't issued a statement on the matter yet, though we're expecting the bug to be fixed with a software update in the near future.

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27 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 650; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

That's daylight saving time's fault and not the watch.

2. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 595; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

10 years later & Apple still has software glitches surrounding daylight saving time almost every year. You'd think they would have ironed this stuff out by now.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30660; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Just doesn’t make sense. I remember my 3G used periodically get stuck on a certain time (say 8:57am), and remain there till I rebooted it. This is ridiculous, especially for the price we’re paying. I’m no fanboy of these companies, so they get no pass from me. I’m gonna credit, and criticize equaly. Apple is getting grilled on this one. The iFlock can get as mad as they want at me. This is horrible.

7. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 595; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Yeah, man. This was excusable in the early days, definitely not now.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30660; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

To me, it want even then bro. This time keeping is a basic task, and should be easily executed. This is Apple being sloppy...plain and simple. No other phones I’ve owned (Samsung, LG, Moto, Palm, HTC) have ever even once had this crap happen, just my iPhones.

10. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 595; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Can't argue with you on that.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The irony is that I recall Apple taking cheap jabs at Microsoft in 1999 because Macs didn't have the date reset vulnerability that was causing global mass hysteria known as Y2K. but nearly 20 years later, a simple time change crashes their system? There needs to be a simple universal time configured to the watch used for all systematic core functionality, and simply have it offset based on location and events like daylight savings for the user interface.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30660; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If they were a trillion and one dollar company, they’d know that, but they’re only a trillion dollar company...;)

15. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Something like this is never excusable. Cheap phones never have pro lwm like this, but somehow this is ok from what is suppose to be a premium product. Microsoft and Apple are perfect example of how having everything inhouse offers no benefit whatsoever. Android has lass issues because it goes through Google, then the OEM and then the carrier. So by the time we get it, even if it has an issue. It's not stupid ones like this.

3. Walkermoon

Posts: 38; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Only an Apple watch can pull such a stunt. A watch not able to handle time. LOL.

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6366; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Every year. This is getting way too funny now lol.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30660; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It’s a damn shame, that Apple still hasn’t got a lock in this DST bug. This isn’t a new issue, it’s been happening for several years, going back to at least the 3G. C’mon Apple, a trillion dollar company shouldn’t have an ongoing issue like this. Split screen, picture in picture, Pencil support, free placed widgets, no chargegate, no beautygate, and the ability for the devices to recognize a simple time change would be much appreciated. Also fix the bug in my Max, where a straight swipe up should take me home instead of into fast app switching, as it does about 40% of the time. Trillion dollar company and all...ya know.

9. Vancetastic

Posts: 642; Member since: May 17, 2017

I know an update will fix this, but man, I get tired of saying that.

11. cocoy

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Okay, so the 9.0 rating has a bug huh!

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30660; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'd actually rate it a 9.7, and a bug wouldn't lower the rating, I'd just want it fixed ASAP. Bug or not, it's a great device, and glad I bought it.

24. cocoy

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Knowing Apple, they will certainly fix it considering that the issue was too early. They should ASAP otherwise it will affect their sales. May I know how's the battery life, you know I don't trust the battery test on this site. I'm still looking for other trustworthy reviews and waiting for the device to come to my country. That's the only time I will decide if I'll get one or not.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30660; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Battery life for me is good, not great. 1 and 1/2 to 2 days. Since I charge every night at bedtime...I consider that good.

26. cocoy

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Thanks for the response.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 30660; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes sirrr

12. OneLove123

Posts: 650; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

It's horrible.

14. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Why is it Apple can't fix DST? This has been an issue with IOS for years. Can they not get something so simple right? OH but look how fast it is. It doesn't matter if nothing else works, as long as it's fast T doing nothing. This is why fulz brag about updates because Apple needs to be able to fix the stuff they themselves break. Android doesn't have such lame duck problems. That's why we don't need updates for 5years in a row. Google doesn't need to constantly fix their software every day, week, month, year and decade like Apple does.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30660; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’m waiting for the iFlock to come to the defense. Piyath will call me a fake Apple fan, and go on to say it’s a feature and we’re using the clock wrong. It’s a shame how these diehard Apple fans grill every other OEM for issues, but turn a blind eye to Apple’s.

19. Nimbus

Posts: 435; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

It about time u realized,admitted now finally,guess time beat us all down.now u should support htc,moto,lg which produces flagshphone without a issue on their hardware & software(compare to apple does so many time on their software,hardware as u can see)but get no love support from peoples who use to own their phones in past just becoz samsung came in to give u everything u want in android world compare to what similar thing other companies in android world are providing except of note line.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30660; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You type like an idiot arte8800.

21. cheetah2k

Posts: 2140; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA​HAH

22. gamehead unregistered

LMFAO. Top dollar for products that don't even work.

23. alanrock

Posts: 220; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

"The best smartwatch you can buy"...PA.

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